Structural Chemistry and the Local Charge Picture of Copper Oxide Superconductors

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Science  09 Feb 1990:
Vol. 247, Issue 4943, pp. 656-662
DOI: 10.1126/science.247.4943.656


The crystal structures of the known copper oxide superconductors are described, with particular emphasis on the manner in which they fall into structural families. The local charge picture, a framework for understanding the influence of chemical composition, stoichiometry, and doping on the electrical properties of complex structures, is also described.

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